Episode 1 wastes no time in getting us out on the open ocean…
Picking up almost exactly where the last season left off, Episode 1 of Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season has our survivors ferrying goods and themselves out to the waiting Abigail as the world goes to hell around them. Approaching walkers are silhouetted against the burning furnace that was Los Angeles, military planes desperately carpet bomb the city, trying to stem the ever growing tide of the undead. It’s a futile task and some of the group barely make it off the beach unbitten, saved only by luck, and the highly effective misuse of a boat propeller against a walker’s head.
So the series gets off to a racing start, and from there things quieten down to deal with the fallout of the last season. These people are hurt, they’ve just about all lost people recently and are still trying to come to terms with what’s happened. One of the most exciting aspects of this new series is the ocean setting, not only does it give the show a new environment to explore, but the close quarters of the Abigail means that nobody can escape from each other when tensions mount, and they’re already mounting. The group is split between those who want to save others on the ocean and those who follow the mysterious Strand’s rule that his boat only stops to let people off, not to let others on.
It is still a little frustrating to watch this group learn all the hard lessons we already know; self-preservation is the name of the day, be wary of others, guard your family carefully and watch who you place your trust in. This group keep making novice mistakes which is understandable given how new they are to the apocalypse but frustrating for us who are all too familiar with its unforgiving nature. Whilst this opener didn’t quite give us a stunning opening which simply demands that we watch more, it does go someway to stirring interest in the different directions the show can take. Exploring the apocalypse on the ocean is full of tantalizing possibilities, the pressure cooker environment of a boat full of struggling people should give the show an injection of energy and the expanded length of this series should let us get to know and hopefully love the characters a whole lot more than we did last time around.
What did you think of the new season premiere? Let us know in the comment box below! Fear the Walking Dead airs Mondays at 9pm on AMC exclusive to BT, and whilst you killing time until then why not take a 360 degree tour of the Abigail right here.